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Old 07-15-2021, 06:18 AM   #2041
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When I first got my bus, I met a lesbian couple who invited me to stay at their property. They lived in their own bus. The one thing they wanted to tell me was to put drawers under the couch (not much bigger than your bed) because pulling everything off the top to open the lid was a pain.
Did I listen? No. I had enough problems with warping wood, endless rain holding me up from cutting anything, and nary the courage you do to tackle building drawers! And my logic is drawers take up space. I built it to just fit plastic tubs underneath but don't use them, because they take up space. But they could keep things dry if needed.....

But my clothes go above the bed; underneath is auxiliary storage: swing doors on the front (crooked no less ), hinged lid on top, removable walls on the sides to slide long things in from the back door.
But my bus is smaller, and far less refined and pretty inside. I saw in a poster shop the other week:
"I sleep in my house and live in my garage."
That literally defines the interior of my bus!
I was away for a month on the road, and just caught up on your thread. The only one I went back that far to check out. Looking wonderful!
Aloha!
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Old 07-15-2021, 06:19 AM   #2042
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Don't worry, the drawer is only a threat to my DIY toilet.
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Old 07-15-2021, 07:39 PM   #2043
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Built the tie-in shelf-sort-of thingy to connect my kitchen cabinet with the under-bed drawers.

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I'm going to mount a fire extinguisher in this little corner nook, so I placed a piece of 3/4" plywood on the end for attaching the straps or whatever. I want to have one fire extinguisher on either end of the kitchen so I don't ever find myself staring at my one fire extinguisher through a wall of flames. Here it will also keep me from banging my shin into the corner of the bed.

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Covered the framing with my usual 5mm underlayment. I really hate mitreing corners but it looks nice in the end.

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I will probably mount another power outlet with USB ports just under the countertop, so I can keep my phone and gadgets here.

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View from inside the closet.

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This little shelf is 3" below the mattress so my feet can hang over the end of it.

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This bit under the couch is the only interior carpentry/cabinetry I have left to do, at least until I install my water stuff and the washer and dryer in the back.

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Old 07-15-2021, 09:53 PM   #2044
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Old 07-16-2021, 05:14 PM   #2045
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Built the rolling cart thing to hold my dial-a-weight dumbbells. This will go under my couch with a pair of track/guides and have one of my usual cabinet faces on the front. I'm going to need something a bit beefier than my roller clasps to hold it in place, of course.

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100 pounds of rolling death (each one can be dialed up to 50 pounds). It's funny, I weigh about 175 pounds right now but at my heaviest some years ago I was at 225. It's hard for me to imagine walking around all day carrying one of these things, but that's exactly what I was doing.
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Old 07-17-2021, 05:34 PM   #2046
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Started trimming out the front side of my couch.

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One of the runners for my dumbbell cart.

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These were incredibly unpleasant to install. There's 9" of clearance and I had to use my right-angle attachment on the drill. Would have been much easier to do this before the couch went in.

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The guides keep the cart pretty well in line and it doesn't bind going in and out. I'll add some stops just above the 2x4s so it can't bounce up.

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Finished framing and trimming the front and measured for the doors and panels. The left side will have a door that opens downward, the middle door will be fixed to the dumbbell cart and the right opening will have a fixed panel in front of it, since that space can be accessed via the hinged couch headrest above it. Thought about doing drawers on each side of the cart, but I didn't feel like trying to reach in under the couch to install the sliders for them.

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Old 07-19-2021, 05:30 PM   #2047
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Panels for the undercouch storage.

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Attached the hinges and clasp for the door. I put the clasp on the right side since that corner was bowing out slightly. It did nothing - this variety of clasp is pretty secure but it doesn't seem to do any really pulling-in. I might try adjusting it but the tiny screws they come with are just such a pain.

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The front for the dumbbell cart fit perfectly. I assumed I would have to do a bunch of tweaking like I did with everything else and add some angle bracing to get it snug against the framing, but none of that was necessary.

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I did manage to screw up and not place the pull handle in the center - another victim of me trying to read a ruler upside-down. Fortunately easy to fix.

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These blocks on the back of the door will keep the cart from bouncing up. I'll add a cargo strap to keep the dumbbells themselves from bouncing up.

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Mamma-jamma deadbolt to keep the cart in place. Hopefully this will be sufficient.

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Screwed in the fixed panel on the right. If this looks like the couch is bowing out somewhat between the left and center doors, that's only because it is.

Once I put the final flooring in place, I'll add the piece of framing for underneath the middle door, but this will be fixed to the door itself and slide out with it. Have to do it this way since the cart's wheels wouldn't go over it otherwise.

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Old 07-21-2021, 05:52 PM   #2048
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Spot-welded up a cover for the latch on my skyhatch. These things normally have a handle on top which is watertight, but I don't want the hatch to be opened from the outside so it had to go. I spent a lot of time looking for something that could be riveted over it but I never found anything, so it's DIY time again.

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You cannot hope to stop Dynatron-550, you can only hope to contain it. And apparently you cannot hope to contain it, either. I bought a whole case of these tubes last year, but this is the only one that's tried to escape so far.

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Finished bondoing and sanding the cut inside edges. I'm not super-happy with how spongey it feels against the XPS foam backing and I expect the edges will crack over time, but oh well. It looks pretty good right now.

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Primed the latch cover.

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Taped and painted everything.

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Tomorrow I should be able to rivet on the latch cover and the piece of 1/4" Lexan I have for this and be done with the thing. Just in time for 10 days of no rain to test out whether or not it's really watertight.
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:18 PM   #2049
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Did an experiment (fortunately) riveting 1/4" Lexan to some plastic from my roof hatch with 3/16" SS rivets.

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Complete fail. I guess the plastic is too soft and the SS deforms through the hole and the piece pulls right out.

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I guess I need to try this with aluminum rivets or just use screws.
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Old 07-22-2021, 09:32 PM   #2050
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I have had good luck using 3M brand double stick (foam) tape to attach lexan to various surfaces. It also works well with polycarbonate which otherwise is about impossible to secure. I used 1/2" angle iron along the front and rear edges on my polycarbonate as insurance against wind lift and it has held up for ten years without leaking. If you follow this idea, be sure to pay the bit extra for "real" 3M double stick tape--there is a difference!

Be absolutely sure there is no "oily" or silicone residue on either surface before you apply the tape.
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I have had good luck using 3M brand double stick (foam) tape to attach lexan to various surfaces. It also works well with polycarbonate which otherwise is about impossible to secure. I used 1/2" angle iron along the front and rear edges on my polycarbonate as insurance against wind lift and it has held up for ten years without leaking. If you follow this idea, be sure to pay the bit extra for "real" 3M double stick tape--there is a difference!

Be absolutely sure there is no "oily" or silicone residue on either surface before you apply the tape.
Hmm, that's an interesting idea. It would certainly be easier than rivets or screws. I have a strong bias towards mechanical fasteners, though.
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Did an experiment (fortunately) riveting 1/4" Lexan to some plastic from my roof hatch with 3/16" SS rivets.

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Complete fail. I guess the plastic is too soft and the SS deforms through the hole and the piece pulls right out.

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I guess I need to try this with aluminum rivets or just use screws.
A washer on each side, is used to rivet hinges & light brackets to fiberglass on aircraft. The rivet squeezes the two together, pinching the resin & limiting the rivet expansion. Often a backer strip of aluminum or steel on each side. Maybe this would work for you? (With .1910 holes)
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A washer on each side, is used to rivet hinges & light brackets to fiberglass on aircraft. The rivet squeezes the two together, pinching the resin & limiting the rivet expansion. Often a backer strip of aluminum or steel on each side. Maybe this would work for you? (With .1910 holes)
No, I have no access to the inside of the hatch to do this, unfortunately. I should have experimented with this before filling the inside with XPS and bondoing over the inside of the square cut-out.
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I knew aluminum rivets were going to fail but I had to try anyway.

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Drilled the holes for the latch cover.

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Two dabs of construction adhesive and Dynatron-570 (the white stuff!) around the edges to seal it.

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Decided to use 3/4" #12 SS machine screws to attach to the plastic of the hatch. They grip pretty well and a lot easier than riveting anyway.

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Cut the plexiglass to fit around the latch cover and the rounded corners.

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Marked out the screw holes (every 2").

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Lexan is so easy to drill. Love this stuff.

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Ran in two screws to hold it in place and then drilled the rest of the pilot holes in the hatch.

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Bead of Dynatron-570 around the edges. I decided not to use construction adhesive as well as screws since it doesn't really seem to adhere too well to Lexan and I think (hope) the screws will be sufficient.

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All screwed in and glopped up. I got good squeeze-out all around with the edge bead, so I think this thing will be watertight - at least initially. My big concern will be what happens to it after it sits in direct sunlight all day for a long time.

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Looks good from the underside, which is all I care about.

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We're supposed to get some thunderstorms tomorrow night, so I'll install this on the bus tomorrow and see how it does.
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Great looking skylight! And your interior is really coming along. You are making great progress!
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I knew aluminum rivets were going to fail but I had to try anyway.

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Drilled the holes for the latch cover.

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Two dabs of construction adhesive and Dynatron-570 (the white stuff!) around the edges to seal it.

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Decided to use 3/4" #12 SS machine screws to attach to the plastic of the hatch. They grip pretty well and a lot easier than riveting anyway.

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Cut the plexiglass to fit around the latch cover and the rounded corners.

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Marked out the screw holes (every 2").

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Lexan is so easy to drill. Love this stuff.

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Ran in two screws to hold it in place and then drilled the rest of the pilot holes in the hatch.

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Bead of Dynatron-570 around the edges. I decided not to use construction adhesive as well as screws since it doesn't really seem to adhere too well to Lexan and I think (hope) the screws will be sufficient.

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All screwed in and glopped up. I got good squeeze-out all around with the edge bead, so I think this thing will be watertight - at least initially. My big concern will be what happens to it after it sits in direct sunlight all day for a long time.

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Looks good from the underside, which is all I care about.

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We're supposed to get some thunderstorms tomorrow night, so I'll install this on the bus tomorrow and see how it does.
Looking great! Hope it holds up during the thunderstorm test!!
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Bored this morning so I decided to go over and install the skyhatch.

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The Lexan got a little scuffed at some point (probably from the band saw) but it's not super-noticeable.

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Another happy accident: the other hatch fits perfectly under the couch. The Lexan is pretty heavy, so both of these hatches weigh about the same amount.

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Since I'm not 100% confident yet that the skyhatch doesn't leak.

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I like how it's not visible from the outside that this is anything but an ordinary emergency hatch.

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First time since I've owned the bus that nobody can break in without literally breaking something (or picking the MasterLock on the door, I guess).
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I like how it's not visible from the outside that this is anything but an ordinary emergency hatch.
Yeah, Iím into that too. Going to put a strip of white material (aluminum or PVC I think) around my solar panels so a casual observer will be none the wiser.


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Iím not there yet. These buses are incredibly easy to steal. Mine doesnít even have an ignition key. Nor a lockable door.
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Looking great! Hope it holds up during the thunderstorm test!!
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